Shea McGee's shower hack will make your bathroom smell like a spa

We can't wait to try Shea McGee's shower hack and pretend we're on a private spa retreat

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Shea McGee's shower hack is a game-changer, and you can get everything you need for the bathroom idea while food shopping at Trader Joe's. In a recent episode of Dream Home Makeover, Shea shared a cost-effective way to totally elevate your bathroom experience. Working on a renovation for two busy parents, the author and interior designer decided to hang a bunch of eucalyptus behind the showerhead.

Greenery in the bathroom is always a good idea - as long as there's natural light, the best indoor plants will create a relaxing atmosphere. But eucalyptus comes into its own in the bathroom as the steam from a shower releases the plant's essential oils. 

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As well as creating a calming scent, these oils help to clear nasal congestion. If you have any sinus problems or find it hard to relax, the eucalyptus leaves could make a real difference. It's a great small bathroom idea as the scent will be more intense in a smaller room. For more cheap bathroom ideas to give your space an upgrade on a budget, check out our guide.

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'Smell is a huge part of feeling the vibe of a space,' says Shea. 'We do that through plants, flowers, and candles. Anything to have a sensory experience.'

Looking around the bathroom midway through the transformation, she said, 'I just love the smell of eucalyptus, that reminds me of a spa,' says Shea. 'I was wondering if we could make a little bundle to make the shower smell good.'

'I want it to feel zen, spa-like, but I also want it to feel cozy, too,' she explained. Shea added a beige vintage rug on top of the grey stone floors to soften the overall feel.

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Try the clever hack at home by tying a handful of eucalyptus stems together with twine, ribbon or an elastic band. Simply tie it to your shower head and the scent should last for around a week. Larger stems will be more fragrant - just remember to crush the leaves slightly with a rolling pin or wine bottle before hanging, to release the scent.

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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